Cooking For One Recipes: Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This quick meal is Spinach and Ricotta-Stuffed Shells.  It contains all the good stuff (pasta and cheese and sauce- oh my)!

It’s extremely affordable and there are not many dishes afterwards to clean – which is always nice. More time for relaxing.

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Ingredients

10 jumbo pasta shells (in my town I always find these at Harris Teeter)
1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce (a little more sauce than you may need)
15-ounce container ricotta
1 cup baby spinach, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup grated mozzarella
Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

Set an oven rack to the highest position and heat oven to 400° F.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain.  Set aside to cool.
Spread the marinara sauce in the bottom of a large broiler proof baking dish.
In a bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan and ¼  teaspoon salt & pepper. (I like spinach so I used more than the recipe calls for).
Spoon the mixture into the shells and place them on top of the sauce.

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Sprinkle the shells with the mozzarella and bake until heated through, approx. 10-12 minutes.
Increase heat to broil. Broil the shells until cheese begins to brown, 2 to 5 minutes. If you leave in too long the edges will start to burn, so watch them!

I served with the leftover bunch of spinach, stems removed and sautéed on the stove for a few minutes in olive oil and garlic.

Buon appetito!

This is altered from a recipe from Real Simple.

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Ranch Fiesta Dip (Superbowl Recipe) #SB47

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing dip for your upcoming Superbowl party, look no further! I can almost guarantee the plate will be completely gone by the time you know the Superbowl XLVII Champions! It doesn’t matter if your team is still in the finals or they got booted before the Playoffs (my team, unfortunately, is out), we all know the real reason we go to Superbowl parties: the food!

I learned about this dip in college and I couldn’t even tell you where the recipe is from. I have it on an old 3×5 index card and somehow it made it all the way to this blog – so there must be a reason it’s lasted this long to share with you.

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Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz sour cream
  • 1 8-oz low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley fiesta ranch dry mix (or just ½ dry ranch mix and ½ packet dry taco seasoning mix)
  • ¾ jar mild or medium salsa (your preference)
  • 1-2 cups finely shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • Bite size Tostitos (or Scoops)

Directions

1)      In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese and dip mix. Mix well.

2)      Spread the cream cheese into pie plate. Top with thin layer of salsa.

3)      Sprinkle cheese as desired.

4)      Refrigerate for 2 hours and then serve with Tostitos.

I think the referee will call this one a touchdown. Enjoy!

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Chicken Hummus Wrap

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This is a guest post from Nicole at Rolling Out Dough. Nicole is gluten intolerant and wanted to create a great resource for saving money on gluten free food! Nicole loves reading, finding new ways to save money and spending time with her husband and son.   To get more recipes, coupons and money saving tips please visit http://www.rollingoutdough.com/. You can also find her on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/rollingoutdough/

I couldn’t remember the last time I ate something healthy for lunch. Really I am gluten free shouldn’t that be easy? But since my days are really busy I normally eat a sandwich on gluten free bread or eat a gluten free pizza, etc. To be really honest I don’t love putting a ton of energy into most meals especially lunch. My life changed from cooking usually once a day to three times a day when I became a stay at home mom so I definitely don’t want to put a ton of work into lunch when I know dinner lies ahead of me. I love this recipe for Chicken Hummus Wraps, you can make larger portions for a family but I just wanted a quick and healthy meal for me.

Ingredients
– Two pieces of Romaine lettuce for wraps
– Gluten Free Hummus (I used Sabra)
– 1 cup chicken- I used chicken thighs, they tend not to dry out but it is your preference
– 1/2 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles
– 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions
– Pour olive oil into bottom of pan, just enough to coat the bottom of pan. I used a medium sized frying pan.
– Set temperature to medium high.
– Place chicken in pan and cook chicken until cooked thoroughly, you will want to flip during cooked to ensure evening cooking. Once cooked set aside to cool.
– While chicken is cooling, wash lettuce and pat dry with paper towel. Spread hummus across the bottom of leaves.
– Your chicken should be ready to cut into bite size pieces, chop and lay across the hummus, then top with your feta cheese.

So simple but this is a meal you would pay a lot more for in a restaurant!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Chicken Salsa Recipe (Superbowl Dip) #SB47

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

Sometimes we have to find something quick and easy to take to parties and those recipes get complicated too!  This is a nice simple Chicken Salsa Dip Recipe- its fast, easy and a great crowd pleaser!

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Ingredients

1 cup salsa
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet of taco seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream
1 lb uncooked chicken or ground beef

Directions

In a crock pot mix first 3 ingredients.
Add chicken or beef and stir to cover.
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
Before serving chop meat and add sour cream.
Serve with tortilla chips or make in to tacos.

Garnishing with cheese and green onions would be good too!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Sauteed Broccoli With Red Pepper Flakes

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This is one of my favorite easy recipes- Sauteed Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes.  It has very few ingredients and the Red Pepper gives it just a little bit of kick without being spicy (I don’t do spicy).

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Ingredients

Olive Oil
2 good sized heads of broccoli (or one bag of broccoli from the produce section)
2 cloves garlic (or jar minced garlic from produce section)
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
½ cup water
Optional ingredients- lemon juice or parmesan cheese

Be sure broccoli is DRY before you begin cooking- if it is wet the food will steam before it browns.

Directions

Step One: Set the skillet on the stove over medium high heat.  Add Olive Oil until it’s smoking.  Cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces.

Step Two: Add the broccoli, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt and let cook.  Stir occasionally until the broccoli is a bit brown in parts.

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Step Three: Add the water and let it simmer, stirring every once in a while, unti the broccoli is tender and the water has cooked away.  This only took a few minutes when I did so I wouldn’t walk away for too long.

Step Four: Grab a piece while cooking and you will know when it’s finished.

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And that’s it- only a few ingredients and about 15 minutes to be finished.

If you like bigger meals you can use this as a side dish but some nights I just feel like a big bowl of veggies!

 

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New 2013 Series: Cooking For One Recipes

I have been so excited about this series for months and now I can finally tell you!

A little ways back I was online looking at recipes and getting so frustrated.  All the portions were HUGE and the recipes full of complicated ingredients.  I don’t own a fancy spice rack or expensive kitchen equipment.  I eat most of my meals on a tv tray next to my laptop- I don’t use garnish!

I wanted a resource with SIMPLE meals made from few ingredients but are still pretty healthy and taste good.

So I am super excited to introduce my new series “Cooking For One Recipes.”

Each week on Wednesday I will publish a new recipe with portions appropriate for one or two people.  (If you have a family or need bigger portions you can of course increase them.)

Some of the recipes will be mine and some will be contributed by other bloggers.

Watch next Wednesday for the first recipe!

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